Dawn Clark Netsch, 1926 - 2013
Former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, a longtime state senator and the first woman to win the Democratic nomination for governor, has died. She was 86. Netsch, an attorney, served as a delegate at the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention and was elected to the state Senate in 1972. She was elected Illinois comptroller in 1990, and became the first woman to win a major party nomination when Democrats picked her to run for governor in 1994. Netsch was defeated in the general election by Republican Jim Edgar.
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with members of his ethics reform task force, Ald. William Burns, 4th, from left, Dawn Clark Netsch, Cynthia Canary, Chair, and Sergio Acosta, released the first part of their recommendations.